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CSR Mandate

From Philanthropic Act to Strategic Policy

Ever since the Industrial Revolution, businesses have often been perceived as an anti-social development – the empowerment of few, against the many. In India, because the industries came in along with colonialism, people’s perception of the sector has been adverse.
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Child Sex Ratio

Daughters no more dearer?

Over the past decade, gender equality has been recognized as key not only to the health of nations, but also to their social and economic development. But even though India is a signatory to the goal, unfortunately it lags far behind in terms of gender equality as a major portion of our population; verily the half of humanity – the female sex, continues to be denied not just their rights and an equal status, but even the chance to survive.
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Youth Empowerment

Enabling the young to garner demographic dividend

Today, more than half of India’s population is below the age of 25. In another seven years, India’s average age will be just 29 years, in comparison with 37 in China and the United States, 45 in Western Europe and 48 in Japan; making it the country with the largest young population in the world.

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Right to Education

Perfecting RTE Act can wait, education cannot

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE) was passed by the parliament on 4 August 2009. The act describes the modalities of the provision of free and compulsory education for children in the age groups of 6 to 14 in India under Article 21A of the Constitution of India. The act came into force on 1 April 2010. Thus, India becomes one of 135 countries which make education a fundamental right of every child.
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Grassroots NGOs

Economic patterns close old doors, new ways open for grassroots NGOs

The growth of the non-profit sector in India, in the last two decades, has been phenomenal. But accelerated development soon reaches a stagnant point if it is not sustainable. As the demand for NGOs is rising in the country, owing to the slow pace of poverty reduction and a backlog of social deprivation;
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Giving Culture

India’s new Change Makers

Forty - year-old Sheila wakes up at 5 o’ clock every morning and gets ready for work at the nearby upper middle class colony. She works as a domestic help in four houses in the colony, earning Rs. 3000 a month. Most of it goes as rent for a one-room shanty the family lives in.
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Gender Equality

Taking boys and men along the path of gender equality

Violence against women and girls have rocked our consciousness and fuelled an unprecedented public outcry across the nation. And for the first time, men and women came out in unity protesting on the streets.
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Online Skills Training

Get ready with online skills training: easy, free and convenient

Globalisation and a thriving Indian economy have opened up tremendous employment opportunities in retail and service sectors mostly. The opportunities have also brought along a new perspective to the way these jobs are performed and the skills needed.
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Medical Education

Reforming Medical Education to benefit masses

India is the country with the highest number of medical colleges in the world. All 315 odd medical colleges in India produce some 30,000 doctors and 18,000 specialists. Yet we are almost at the bottom in terms of the number of doctors per people at one doctor per 2000 people.
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Career Opportunities

Third Sector no longer a second option

Aditya, a 30 year old assistant manager in resource mobilization team no longer suffer from a sense of dissatisfaction any longer. Though he still has deadlines to meet, work pressure to handle and at times late working hours but he never complains as he enjoys doing it now. 2 years back Aditya was a cribbing professional in a well known corporate house with a good pay package.
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